The Singing Fish of Batticaloa
The stretch of the Batticaloa Lagoon under the Kallady Bridge is believed to be home to Batticaloa’s singing fish. Between April and September, around the time of the full moon, the fish are said to make noises that are described as the twanging of a violin string or a “multitude of tiny sounds”. It is possible to hire a fisherman for a boat trip at night to listen to the sounds. Some people claim that if an oar is dipped into the water and the other end is held to the ear it makes the sound clearer, although it is said the noises have grown fainter over the years. There have been a number of theories to explain the strange sounds, ranging from courting mussels to the movement of water at the bottom of the lagoon.